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BREN TEN prices - Wow!

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by bac1023, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. bac1023

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    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=325119038

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=325517174

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=324306920

    http://www.gunsamerica.com/954311480/BREN_10_Piston.htm

    http://www.gunsamerica.com/966218403/Bren_Marksman_Special_Match_45_ACP.htm


    Good Lord :shocked:

    I bought a still new (unfired) in box model a couple years back for $2400, I believe. Now we have a bid of $3500 for the same thing I bought without the box (the cheap white cardboard box does add value). A Special Forces Light model (Light means hard chrome slide, not lightweight) just sold for $4,000 and a used Military and Police model (blued frame) with no box or papers has a bid of $2900 and hasn't hit the reserve yet.

    On Gunsamerica, we have a used standard model with a $3500 asking price and a used Marksman (45acp version) with an asking price of $5000. Of course, people can ask whatever they want, but it certainly wouldn't surprise me if they got it. Gunsamerica is not a live auction site, so you don't see bidding.

    I have always loved the Bren Ten and really want a Special Forces model to go with my full size, but the prices have really gone nuts.

    Prices are strictly based on collector's value and cool factor. Its certainly not based on quality. However, with only 1500 or so built in all configurations combined, I assume they will continue to go up.

    That said, I do still want a Special Forces. I was going to bid on the Light model, but I already have spent a great deal on firearms in 2013 already even though they aren't in my hands yet.

    Its just crazy how high these guns are going for now. :wow:

    Thoughts? :dunno:
     
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  2. ronin.45

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    It does seam odd that they have jumped up so high. I wonder if the delays for the Fortis have ignited a demand.
     


  3. Bruce M

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    "You don't pay too much. You just pay too early."

    I agree that the prices certainly have gone up. But with the few that there are, combined with how many (how few) change hands in a year, it probably does not take but three or four sales to completely skew the market.

    The price ... is entirely dependent upon the moods of the buyer and seller at the time of the transaction. --McKeown's Law ...
     
  4. bac1023

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    I don't think it has anything to do with the Fortis models, quite frankly. I could be wrong, of course.

    Some people think the introduction of the Fortis models will reduce the value of the originals. I don't agree with that either. The new German Sig P210 models ahve done nothing to reduce the value of the Swiss originals.

    I guess the Bren Tens have just be in more demand lately. :dunno:
     
  5. bac1023

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    Very true.

    Something is only worth what somebody is willing to pay. Still, a couple of years ago, used Brens would sit on GB with prices around $2K, until somebody finally bought it. Now, they are getting a great deal of attention and spark some bidding wars.
     
  6. 50 cal

    50 cal goofing off

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    Maybe the so-called introduction of the Fortis has spurred interest in the Bren Ten.
    I do want a Fortis. Just wish VLTOR would make up their minds as to what in the heck they are doing.
    Maybe this years SHOT will have an update of some sort.
     
  7. bac1023

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    I wouldn't hold my breath on that.

    I'll buy one if and when they ever become available though. :)
     
  8. jdw174

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    I got to shoot one of the original prototypes at the IPSC Nationals in 1980. Shot it with Jeff Cooper standing next to me saying how it was the greatest thing since the 1911. I had to disagree. I saw nothing in the Bren that would ever make me want to drop my 1911's for one of those. Dornhaus and Dixon tried to tackle Godzilla and failed. JMO of course....
     
  9. SigFTW

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    I could pick a Bren Ten for under 2k right now, but I have no desire to own one. But still a cool gun.
     
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  10. bac1023

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    If its in decent shape, I'd get it just for investment purposes.
     
  11. bac1023

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    Had it been a better quality gun built by a healthier company, it would have done much better.

    Replacing the 1911 wasn't going to happen regardless though.
     
  12. Steel Head

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    It's seems a lot of guns in the cool guns department have gone up.
    Uzi's are going crazy too.
    While I like the Bren 10's if I was plopping down a few grand on a handgun it would be on a nice 1911.
     
  13. bac1023

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    Well, you have to weigh quality and shootability versus collectability.
     
  14. Steel Head

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    For me at this time it's all of the former and none of the latter:wavey:

    There are a few other cool dept guns I might try to collect some day though but I have to invest in some better carpet first:tongueout:
     
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  15. Bruce M

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    If I could get a Bren Ten for less than 2K right now I probably would and then sell it quickly for less than 3K apparently.

    Yes I remember seeing one in one of a guy's gun show display cases for ~2K a year or two ago, for at least a year with no apparent takers.
     
  16. bac1023

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    That's exactly what the deal was with them. Now I'm seeing all these bids. :dunno:
     
  17. bac1023

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    :rofl::rofl:
     
  18. dkf

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    I have been noticing lately pretty much everything on Gunbroker is selling well above what it would months ago. A gun that normally would not make the $475 reserve is bring WELL over $600 with some "buy it nows" well over that selling the gun. People are panic buying.
     
  19. bac1023

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    They are.

    I'm not sure why they would panic buy the Bren Ten, but even revolvers are selling at a high rate right now.
     
  20. Steel Head

    Steel Head Tactical Cat

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    The Bren 10 sudden increase is odd,VERY small market on those to be panic buyers.

    It truly seems to be a sellers market now.
    I've been watching Gunbroker for a few thing I'd like to get and the bidding on them is STUPID:faint:
    Me,I'm gonna save for a while and wait for the bubble to burst.